A SeaTac City Council member died after a head-on crash Saturday afternoon. The crash occurred near the crossing of South 188th Street and 16th Avenue South.
King County Police identified the crash victim as Councilwoman Amina Ahmed, 52, a renowned member of the Somali community and an advocate for refugee and immigrant rights. Ahmed had previously worked with Governor Inslee’s administration and the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission.
“People should just know that Amina has been a force,” said Ubah Aden, a close friend of the Ahmed family. “She has been someone who cares about social equity and justice. She has served anyone who was in need.”
Police investigators said Ahmed was killed in a head-on crash after her vehicle suddenly swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle. Ahmed was reportedly traveling from one meeting to the next at the time of the head-on crash. The passenger in the other vehicle was released with minor injuries.
The head-on crash is currently being investigated. Police do not believe Ahmed was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Multiple memorial services were held for Ahmed in the days following the head-on crash. Ahmed left behind two children, one of which, an adult daughter, lives in SeaTac.
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